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New Jersey Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen Named National MS Society U.S. Representative of the Year

March 6, 2015

Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen of New Jersey’s Eleventh District is the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s 2014 U.S. Representative of the Year.
 
As Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, Representative Frelinghuysen has shown support for federal research and programs that improve the lives of people affected by MS in many ways. He has been an advocate of funding for the MS Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP), and is notably committed to collecting better data on the incidence and prevalence of MS so researchers can better understand the disease and more effectively work toward a cure. 
 
“Representative Frelinghuysen is a powerful advocate in the U.S. House of Representatives on behalf of people with disabilities and everyone affected by MS,” said National MS Society President and CEO Cynthia Zagieboylo. “We’re proud to name him 2014 U.S. Representative of the Year for his work keeping MS front-of-mind in the CDMRP and in supporting the initiative to collect better data on the incidence and prevalence of MS nationwide.”
 
“I am honored to be named U.S. Representative of the Year by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and grateful for the leadership and work of the Society to improve information and increase research into treatments and a cure for MS,” said Representative Frelinghuysen. “As hundreds of thousands of Americans continue to live with MS, it is critical that Congress understand the impact of this disease on people with MS and their families and that policy decisions are made with that understanding in mind.”
 
Bestowing its highest distinction for elected officials, the National MS Society will honor Representative Frelinghuysen as U.S. Representative of the Year award during its annual Public Policy Conference, running from March 9 to 11, 2015. The event brings more than 325 MS activists from around the country to DC to educate elected officials about needs of people affected by MS.
 
For more information on Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen, visit frelinghuysen.house.gov, facebook.com/rfrelinghuysen, or twitter.com/USreprodney. #NJ
 
For more information on the Society and MS issues, visit nationalMSsociety.org/advocacy, facebook.com/nationalMSsociety, twitter.com/MSactivist, or search hashtags #MS and #cures2015 and #neurodata, #MSresearch and #NIH or #CDMRP, #MSactivist and #complexrehab
 

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.

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